College basketball schedule today: TV channels, start times for every NCAA top 25 game during opening week

The 2021-22 college basketball season officially tips off on Tuesday, Nov. 9. 

While Division I games will take place across the country, events such as the Champions Classic will also showcase teams on Tuesday. This year’s event is located at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The first game will be played between No. 3 Kansas and Michigan State. Following this game, No. 9 Duke will take on No. 10 Kentucky, which is the only matchup on Tuesday between two ranked teams.

There’s two other ranked matchups during the opening week of college basketball. On Friday night, No. 4 Villanova will take on No. 2 UCLA. On Saturday night, No. 5 Texas will play at No. 1 Gonzaga. 

There will be various Top 25 games throughout the week. ESPN will show a total of three primetime games on Tuesday and Sunday, and ESPN’s other channels (such as ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPN+) will show games all week. Channels designated for each conference (such as SEC Network or ACC Network) will be showing games all week as well.

Sporting News breaks down how to watch the Top 25 matchups in college basketball this week and more. Here’s everything you need to know.

College basketball schedule today

Here’s every opening week college basketball game involving top 25 teams.

(All nationally broadcast games bolded)

Tuesday, Nov. 9

Wednesday, Nov. 10

Thursday, Nov. 11

Friday, Nov. 12

Saturday, Nov. 13

Sunday, Nov. 14

How to watch, live stream college basketball games

Seven games featuring a Top 25 ranked team will be broadcast nationally during the opening week of college basketball. Those games will appear on ESPN, ESPN2 and Fox Sports 1. Live streaming options include ESPN+, ACC Network+, SEC Network+ and fuboTV, which offers a 7-day free trial.

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